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Publisher: Echelon Press
Release Date: June 2004
ISBN: 1590802144
Format Reviewed: Galley / ebook
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Genre:   Contemporary Romance
Reviewed: 2004
Reviewer: Lynda E. Lukow
Reviewer Notes:  

Best Laid Plans 
By Gerri Shepard

    Devilishly delightful!

     "Amy loves Nick!" Amy Gilbert first wrote the sentiment in her teenage diary, and more than ten years later her feelings haven't changed. All she needs to do is get Nick to realize he feels the same about her--before she loses the chance forever.

      Nick Granger has calculated his every move. The offer from a Midwest football team to be their cheerleaders’ physical therapist is one step away from his dream job: working with the team. Now that his goal is within reach, why does success feel so empty?

    Best Laid Plans centers around Amy's sometimes subtle, occasionally disastrous, but always ill-conceived attempts to seduce Nick, who struggles valiantly against his attraction to his best friend's sister.

    Ms. Shepard's premiere novel is fast-paced and fun-filled. Her easy writing style kept this reviewer glued to the story, dying to see what craziness the heroine planned next and how much time would elapse before the hero would follow his heart. Well-done descriptions kept the characters grounded without overshadowing the plot. Nick is masculine in thought, word and deed. Despite her machinations, Amy is guileless and sweet. The bantering between them is a natural fit, considering their long-standing friendship. Sexual tension sizzles; I never realized ironing could be so stimulating! My only complaint: The story ended way too soon! More, please?